June's full moon, on the 17th, is named "Strawberry Moon" after the delicious wild berries that start to ripen during the month. We look forward to enjoying them in all their forms but are especially excited to add local berries to an Atwater Bubble Riesling Bellini on a hot summer day.
Dreaming of a visit to Atwater? Tune in to our LIVE Webcam to take in our gorgeous views and catch action in the vineyard. Also, be sure to check out Atwater After Hours...more information below.
We have twice tilled the areas where we will plant new Lagrein and Zweigelt vines. These vines were grafted to 3309 rootstock, a proven rootstock for our vineyard. They recently arrived on site, and we planted them on June 7th with the help of a GPS guided planting system to ensure straight rows. Check out video of our planting here.
In the rest of the vineyards, we are using the Green Hoe tractor attachment. The Green Grape Hoe specializes in mechanical in-row cultivation and weed control by taking down the hills and weeds around the vine trunks. Weed management is an integral part of overall vineyard management systems, and frequent cultivation lowers weed seed populations in the soil, thus reducing weed density. Using the Green Hoe tractor attachment is safer and faster than hoeing by hand, and it allows us to use fewer herbicides on the farm.
2018 Stone Bridge Red
Vinny and George will be bottling the 2018 Stone Bridge Red made from Marechal Foch and Chancellor grapes during June.
Stone Bridge Red is a versatile wine that appeals to a variety of palates. With soft tannins, this dry red wine pairs well with everyday food. If you'd like to be notified when it is released, please click here.
This month, we’re releasing our 2014 Gewürztraminer ($18.00), formerly a Club Exclusive, to the public. It was fermented and aged nine months in neutral French oak barrels.The result is a dry and complex wine that shines bright with peach blossom and delicate floral aromas while it’s cool, slightly tart lychee palate is a thing of beauty. Richly textured, it’s creamy, caramel-like finish lingers.
Stock up on this gorgeous summer-pleaser here.
Please extend a warm welcome to our newest Tasting Room host, Matteo Calla.
Matteo came to the Finger Lakes to pursue a PhD in German literature at Cornell and fell in love with the region for its natural beauty and its people who are both open-minded and down-to-earth.
Although he grew up in an Italian family where wine was a daily staple, he only entered the wine industry after finishing his doctorate.
For one season he worked for Barry Family Cellars, doing both sales and production and learning a lot in a short time. Because wine brings together people from all walks of life, he thinks the best part of working in the tasting room is getting to talk about wine with a diverse mix of guests.
Lately he’s been particularly interested in white wine from Alsace, especially rich, creamy, and fragrant Gewürtztraminer and Pinot Gris. His favorite Atwater wine is the 2014 Gewürtztraminer which he likes because it’s round and dry, with loads of floral, honey, and spice notes that somehow never get out of hand.
The next time you visit, please tell Matteo hello, and feel free to test his knowledge on Mann, Kafka or Goethe!
Memorial Day weekend, we began our seasonal evening service, Atwater After Hours.
During these relaxing nights with a gorgeous view, we serve a selection of sparkling wine cocktails developed by Amanda, our own mixologist.
Visit us between 5:00 and sunset to try these delicious indulgences paired with cheese and charcuterie plates or a selection of a la carte items:
Bellinis are made using Bubble Riesling with Raspberry, Orange Peach Mango, or White Peach juice (when in season)
Riesling in the Bush features Finger Lakes Harvest's Lime Shrub topped with Bubble Riesling
Ginger Lime Fizz, our bestselling cocktail, starts with our méthode champenoise 2013 Sparkling Gewürztraminer which is then infused with fresh lime and ginger syrup
Rosé 75 is a favorite on the deck, and you can make it at home with Amanda’s signature recipe.
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Atwater is now on Pinterest! Please follow us for news, announcements, and special offers; inspiration for wine-themed parties; ideas for wine and food pairings; and suggestions for cork and bottle upcycling and DIY. We’re also posting links to enrich your wine tasting experience and get the most out of your visit to the Finger Lakes. If you’re interested in any other types of content, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you there.
Hooray for May!
The deck awning was installed on May 1st and it is so nice to have it back again. The weather is improving, it is greening up everywhere so fast you can almost see it happening right before your eyes. In fact, you can! Just visit our LIVE Webcam.
We've completed the tasks of trimming and tying the canes for the entire vineyard on schedule, but as always, trellis work continues. Bud break occurred yesterday, with the tiny buds loving the warm temperatures and intermittent sunshine. Our two red French hybrids, Chancellor and Marechal Foch are usually the first varieties to show and they didn't disappoint.
To take advantage of the unique properties of our microclimate, we are adding two new red-wine grape varieties to our vineyard: Lagrein, which is an ancient grape variety from northeastern Italy, and Zweigelt, the most widely planted red-wine grape in Austria. In preparation for the young vines, we are tilling the soil and pulling stones out of two vineyard blocks. We expect the first harvest of these grapes will be around 2024. With time in the cellar, release of the wines will be a year or so later. The path to making great wines is a long one that requires patience!
This month, Vinny and George will be bottling the 2018 Vignoles and 2018 Pinot Gris.
From the semi-sweet 2018 Vignoles, a bright and silky wine, you can expect mouthwatering, complex aromas with flavors of honey, tropical fruit, and caramel apple.
Club Members will receive an exclusive preview of this vintage at our party on June 15th. If you would like to be notified when this delicious wine is available, please sign up here.
While the 2018 Pinot Gris will return to the cellar for aging, our 2017 Pinot Gris is now available for purchase. This crisp wine offers juicy notes of sweet and spicy orange blossom mixed with vanilla crème and tangy white peach and pear flavors finishing with a rounded, vibrant feel.
We are proud to share our latest review from Wine Enthusiast which gave our 2016 North Block Five Pinot Noir 90 points!
"Light ruby in color, aromas of tart red berries and pomegranate frame the nose, with delicate accents of red flowers and woodland spice providing depth. There's a real sense of vitality on the palate. It's loaded with fresh acidity that props up all the tangy red-fruit flavors, with shades of spice and granite broadening out the feel." -A.P. June, 2019
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It's so exciting to hear the sweet warbling sounds of the Eastern Bluebird as we welcome spring to the vineyards!
The official bird of New York State is one of the first birds to return north each spring and we welcome them back with nesting boxes throughout our property.
These boxes provide shelter, and in return, the Bluebirds help us with pest control. It's a real win-win and part of a commitment to managing our vineyards in a sustainable fashion.
It's such a busy time for us in April. We are experiencing fairly typical weather patterns and the vines are looking good. With a little under three acres left to prune we've switched gears a bit to focus on repairing and replacing broken posts. We need to make sure our trellises are tight and strong enough to carry the weight of the crop. There's only a short window to get this done because the next step in vine prep is literally tying the canes to the wires.
Ideally this should be accomplished by the beginning of May when we expect bud break. If we don’t have the canes tied down by then, we'll have to slow down so we don’t break off the tender shoots. We wrap the canes along the wires and secure them with twist ties (like the bread bag ones, but paper coated). This helps to spread the growth out along the trellis so we get as much sunshine and airflow to the fruit as possible to help with disease prevention and ripening.
Spring season ushers in our newest Rosé wine. It's back! Our Bubble Pinot Noir Rosé has been bottled and is for sale in the tasting room and on our website. We've doubled production on this popular wine this year, hope you get a chance to try some.
IT'S CASE CLUB PARTY TIME!
Join us for our annual "Party on the Lawn," June 15th. Tickets are available now!
Sunday, April 21 - Closed for Easter
Saturday, April 27 - Burn's Dog Pound Food Truck will be parked here for the day. Hot dogs, nachos, fries etc. "Come Fetch A Dog"
Thursday, May 23 - Atwater After Hours - Join us on the deck! Celebrate the start of the summer season with wine by the glass and small snacks from 5:00 until sunset.
Note: we will be open Thursday-Sunday evenings from this date through Columbus Day weekend in October for After Hours.
Sunday, May 26th - The Vineyard Table with Red Dove Tavern. Tickets sold here.